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October 7, 2021

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

Virtual Event

A panel of financial and legal experts discussing how Community Solar will accelerate states towards their renewable energy targets.

  • This event is complimentary for all WCS and WEN members.
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The Women’s Energy Network Greater NYC Chapter and Women in Cleantech and Sustainability (WCS) invite you to join a panel discussion on how states could accelerate their achievement of their Renewable Energy Standards (RPS) through community solar projects and how to finance them.

Community solar projects allow average people to purchase a piece of a large solar installation built offsite or subscribe to its electricity output that is discounted to a tariff or retail rate. Eliminating the need for a roof and allowing individuals to tap into the benefits of scale, community solar has opened up the solar market to many new residential and commercial customers. Given these benefits the solar industry is witnessing an unprecedented wave of these projects.

Panelists include:

  • Johana Afenjar of Clearway
  • Ines Serrao of Silicon Valley Bank
  • Annie Tsai of Foley & Lardner

Moderated by Caroline Trowbridge of Leeward and WCS Events Co-Chair.

This virtual event will take place on Thursday, October 7th at 10 am PT (1 pm ET). The event will feature an introduction to our speakers and a panel session, followed by Q&A.

Event Agenda (ET)

  • 1:00 – 1:05 Arrival, Introductions, Zoom etiquette, and housekeeping items
  • 1:05 – 1:45 Panel Discussion
  • 1:45 – 1:55 Q&A from the audience
  • 1:55 – 2:00 Thank you and wrap-up

About the Co-Host

WEN is an international organization of professionals who work across the energy value chain. The Greater New York City chapter was founded in October 2016, catering to an area considered to be an energy hub for banking, investments, and trading. Our mission is to develop programs to provide networking opportunities and foster career and leadership development of women who work in energy. WEN offers educational, networking and leadership opportunities to more than 4,000 professionals nationwide through luncheons, conferences, community initiatives, socials and mentoring programs.

This event is limited to 500 attendees and is open to people of all genders.

Ines Serrao


Director, Silicon Valley Bank

Ines is a Director in Silicon Valley Bank’s project finance team, working out of New York. Since joining SVB in 2018, Ines has focused on the forefront of renewable and clean energy finance in the US, helping to expand SVB’s project finance practice. Prior to joining SVB, Ines worked for ING and BBVA in multiple sectors including renewables, conventional power and infrastructure across the US, Latam and European markets.

Johana Afenjar


Senior Director Capital Markets, Clearway

Johana is Senior Director of Capital Markets at Clearway, she is a transaction lead for Clearway, who raises over $2bn in tax equity, debt and cash equity financing every year to develop over 1GW of wind, solar, and battery projects. Johana joined Clearway in 2014, and prior to Clearway, was a project finance banker at BNP Paribas in New York covering the Latin American market.

Annie Tsai


Associate, Foley & Lardner LLP

Annie Tsai is an attorney and member of Foley & Lardner LLP’s Energy Industry Team. Annie focuses her practice on energy project finance, advising clients in the development, acquisition, and financing of renewable energy projects, relying on her vast experience in the electric power industry. Prior to becoming an attorney, Annie worked as a Project Manager in Southern California Edison’s Energy Procurement Group, where she served as a subject matter expert in negotiation teams for Power Purchase Agreements, firm energy contracts and Resource Adequacy capacity contracts.

Caroline Trowbridge


Project Finance, Leeward Renewable Energy

As the Co-Chair of the Women in Cleantech and Sustainability Events Committee, Caroline is responsible for all expert industry panels. She recently joined the project finance team at Leeward, a utility-scale solar, wind, and storage developer. Previously, Caroline worked in energy efficiency project finance at Metrus Energy. She holds a BA in Mathematics from Middlebury College.

Borrego Solar


Borrego is a leading developer, EPC and O&M provider accelerating the delivery of large commercial, community solar, and utility-scale solar and energy storage projects in the United States. Established in 1980, they bring deep technical expertise to projects, reducing risk and proactively helping their partners capitalize on opportunities and make better decisions throughout a project’s lifetime. They’re a collaborative team of innovative thinkers, driven by their mission to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy and focus on building long-term relationships with their customers and their employees.

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